Category: Addison Reed

September 3, 2018

Twins’ experiment with ‘opener’ strategy goes horribly wrong in Texas

Taking a page from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Twins employed an “opener” strategy on Sunday, in which a series of relievers pitches the game instead of a traditional starting pitcher. The theory behind it is that once the starting reliever or closer has faced the toughest part of the batting order, the “primary pitcher”... Continue Reading »

July 12, 2018

It wasn’t 7-0, but 6-1 ain’t bad

The Twins shook off a terrible loss to the lowly Kansas City Royals on Tuesday and scored eight runs on 15 hits to beat them 8-5 on Wednesday. The Twins won the series and are now 6-1 on their 11-game home stand. The Tampa Bay Rays arrive Thursday for a four-game set. Lance Lynn improved... Continue Reading »

July 6, 2018

Just what the Twins needed: Baseball’s worst team

The Baltimore Orioles, a team that is nearly 40 games under .500, limped into Target Field on Thursday and lost. And that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for the Twins, who snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory. It wasn’t a blowout win, but I’m sure the Twins will take it after they... Continue Reading »

June 14, 2018

Twins score 2 runs on 4 hits in Wednesday’s loss to Tigers

Jose Berrios held the Detroit Tigers to one run over six innings, then watched as reliever Addison Reed gave it all away in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday. In the bottom of the eighth, Reed gave up five hits, four runs, but only three were earned because of a throwing error. Still, the damage was... Continue Reading »

June 4, 2018

How about a walk-off win for the Twins? (Thanks, Eddie Rosario)

Where would the Twins be without Eddie Rosario? Rosario has basically carried the Twins this season, leading the team in batting average (.317), home runs (13) and runs batted in (40). And he did it again Sunday by going all-world against the Cleveland Indians by hitting three home runs, including a walk-off blast in the... Continue Reading »

May 28, 2018

The day Johnny Goryl grounded out on May 22, 1959

Johnny Goryl was a player, base coach and manager for the Twins, but before he was connected to the Twins organization, Goryl played for the Chicago Cubs, according to “The Long Season,” a book by Jim Brosnan, a former reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. My interest in typewriters led me to... Continue Reading »

May 21, 2018

Finally, a win over the Brewers

The Twins denied the Milwaukee Brewers a sweep on Sunday after starter Jake Odorizzi and four relievers struck out 17 Milwaukee hitters. Max Kepler and Logan Morrison delivered key hits and the Twins won 3-1 to snap a three-game losing streak. This time Twins’ pitching did not falter. Odorizzi struck out 10 over five-plus innings,... Continue Reading »

May 17, 2018

Make room for Lance Lynn — in the bullpen

Starting pitcher Lance Lynn fell to 1-4, his ERA stands at 7.47 and the Twins lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Wednesday. And if Lynn continues to pitch like this, he’ll be sitting next to former starting pitcher Phil Hughes in the bullpen. Lynn again struggled with his command, throwing 82 pitches in... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2018

Twins aim for series win Sunday

The Twins scored early, and then tacked on two runs late, to top the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in 12 innings on Saturday. The Twins have won seven of their last eight games and will now shoot for 8-of-9 Sunday and the series win over the Halos. Frankly, the Twins were lucky to... Continue Reading »

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.